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Broadband speeds offered to BT customers in Shetland are on par with the rest of the UK, the company has claimed.

According to the broadband supplier, its next-generation fibre broadband coverage will be extended to include the remote archipelago off the Scottish coast by 2011, the Shetland Times reports.

The news comes after broadband services were disrupted across the cluster of islands along with telephone and mobile networks for seven hours on Friday (June 19th).

Several thousand BT broadband customers were left without a working broadband connection after a fuse was blown at BT's microwave link on the Orkney island of Sanday, according to the newspaper.

A spokesperson for BT said that the company's new 21st Century network will be extended to Shetland along with the rest of northern Scotland, even though the island is already serviced by broadband speeds comparable to the rest of the UK.

"We want the new network to be ubiquitous. It hasn’t arrived in Aberdeen yet. It will be built," he said.

Following the publication of the Digital Britain report, BT Chief Executive Ian Livingston suggested to the Financial Times that it could deliver fibre-optic broadband to 90 per cent of the UK's households by 2012.

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